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tv   Stossel  FOX News  August 28, 2011 2:00am-3:00am PDT

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>> hello, everybody. >> welcome, everybody. >> welcome to sunday and hurricane irene steve yeah. it is a big, big day with a big, big storm. 500 miles across and believe it or not, they say that this particular storm is impacting one in five americans. 65 million people impacted by hurricane irene. >> dave: it's a big day. be with you four hours and shep
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takes back over. very latest. the center of the storm is pounding maryland all the way up the jersey shore. new york city. this is ocean city maryland. it is still a category 1 storm. this thing is bringing it. >> juliet: while you were sleeping irene slammed north carolina, delaware, maryland and virginia. already nine people confirmed dead. including two children. this is why we say this is not something to laugh at. category 1 doesn't mean that some, you know, fliewfy storm. most of those far tattles is from falling tree limbs. which is why everybody is saying stay put. >> 11-year-old boy in virginia was killed by a falling tree limb in his apartment. meanwhile, more than 2 million houses at this hour left without power. irene's next stop is new york city. take a look at some brand new video out of manhattan where the worst of the storm hasn't even arrived yet. it's just been a rain event so far.
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[thunder] >> juliet: that's one of the concerns. ground zero, for instance, so much construction going on down there. they had to take the cranes apart and put things away that stuff obviously if that goes flying in these 80 plus winds, you will have some serious problems. you know, the sky scrapers all over new york city are volatile and definitely vulnerable. >> we should mention new york city under a tornado watch right now. irene expected to make a direct hit before lunchtime. you are looking live right now at sixth avenue in lower manhattan. we should update that power number as well. more than 3.1 million people are without power this morning across several states. let's get to julie banderas. she is live in low are manhattan braving the conditions. what are you seeing, julie? >> right now we are seeing a whole lot of rain and wind gusts sporadically come in and out. you are talking about the number of people that have lost power
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so far. hurricane irene hasn't even reached new york city not projected to make landfall here until about 10:00 in the morning. so far already, 40,000 people without power in the new york city area. not in manhattan yet. but that is the big question as to when. and if our power is going to be intently shut off by our electric company con ed disson all the cables and electric supplies that supplies the electricity that we are standing in now is powered downtown in battery park. meaning underground in these vaults they have all the cables. if that water surge reaches up to where they are thinking it might 8 feet it could potentially flood thatter i can't. to prevent that have happening, con edson will shut off power to 17,000 people. take three days to actually restore that power. obviously paralyzing the city more than it already is. 160,000 people i should say without power right now in new jersey right across the hudson river. speaking of the hudson river, the george washington bridge, the lower level has been closed.
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right now all the bridges are still open. they will close once winds reach up to 60 miles per hour. we are not really getting huge gusts the winds just yet. a lot of rain. i can tell you it's a ghost town in new york city. somebody mentioned earlier i was thinking for a city that never sleeps. tonight and this morning, well, it's a sleep. let's just hope everybody stays indoors because this is something you don't want to be out in today unless you are reporting on it or you are an emergency official. go ahead and just sweep down sixth avenue this is something i myself have never seen. this is new york city. and the early morning hours or overnight you are always at least seeing taxi cabs. we are not seeing any traffic whatsoever except for sporadic few of vehicles. it are taxis, a few running, what they are doing is running on a zone basis. for every zone you travel through they charge you 10 bucks. normally $2.50 when you get in the cab. you are spending a lot of money if you want to get in and out of lower manhattan, upper manhattan area where we are obviously
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midtown. we should also talk about public transportation. you talked about how the train systems and the buses are all halted and for new yorkers, most new yorkers don't have cars. so when are they going to get to be able to move around again? that's not going to happen until late on monday, believe it or not, so if you live out or inside of new york and you need to get out. taxi service which by the way there goes one right there is about the only way you are going to do so. air travel is another issue. all the airports are closed. there is five major airports in the new york city area. the biggest being newark and jfk and laguardia. all of those shut down. flight aren't going to be expected to be taking off out of here until about monday. now, you can see that wind gust that's coming through right now. it's picking up with the rain. this someone of those rain bands that we talk about. these things, those luls will become smaller and smaller as the northern tip of the hurricane makes it up to new york city. we have several hours to go there. that storm surge right now is about 3 and a half feet in lower manhattan. we will be heading down to battery park a little later to
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check that out. we will be standing in the thick of that in a few hours. back to you guys. >> i know there are people who are hoping that when all of this passes later on today we are crossing our fingers that they will be able to leave and go back out to long island for instance or me for instance to hobo -- northern new jersey. what about that area. what about the tunnels? do we know anything about the tunnels? >> the tunnels are still open and they don't expect to be closed. have you got the tunnel service. if interest there are any car services available, then you can take the tunnel. however, if you live on a first floor, juliet, i don't think you do, but if you live on the first floor in who he bok kin that is under evacuation. anybody living in basements or first floor in hoboken. jersey city, in fact several bridges have been shut down and road leisure cls. so i would say if you live in a low lying area like hoboken against the water you are probably better off staying in
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that hotel that you stlent in last night right around the corner. >> juliet: thank you very much. hoboken, the western part of hoboken, literally right under the lincoln tunnel from midtown manhattan essentially. the western portion of hoboken, really a the love the buildings are very old buildings. they begin on the basement level. and it's really, they get flooded and big concern. i hope these people actually heeded dawn zimmer's warning she is the mayor of hoboken. >> dave: we will get to rick reichmuth in a couple of minutes. we will explain where this thing is headed and where it's been in a couple of minutes. >> shepard: exactly right. of course it got started down in the carolinas and virginia where it has cut power to right now more than 3 million americans don't have juice. joining us from the new york city area is elizabeth matthews with con ed. good morning to you, elizabeth. >> good morning. this is kind of the calm before the storm, isn't it? >> well, you know, we are already starting to see some
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effects of irene as she heads our way. we have got about 47,000 customers out system wide. that's in no, and west chester. 16,000 in stat ten island. a thousand in brooklyn. 21,000 in queens. one in manhattan. the bronx has about 3800 and in west chester we are looking at 10,000. >> is that from downed tree limbs? >> it's from the downed trees. the rain is coming down very hard. so obviously that puts some weight on the limbs. in addition to that the high winds whipping around can bring down the wires very easily. >> dave: obviously this could be several days before some people get power restored. are there specific things you recommend people do right now in preparation? >> of course. i think that, you know, we are looking at restoration that will take a few days. hopefully people have batteries and have extra flashlights. i also -- we urge our customers to stay indoors.
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do not go near downed wires. even if you think that they are dead. don't go near downed trees or downed tree limbs because sometimes they can cover wires. >> juliet: i'm a lot of twitters. folks here our anchors say con ed may turn off power. >> turning off power? hold on a second. can you just kind of explain lower manhattan, for instance, there are a lot of folks down there, but that's also the wall street area. >> sure. >> juliet: trading potentially could go on tomorrow. we don't know about that there is a sea wall down there. have you sort of a system of pumps to protect from a certain level. >> under sea level. >> juliet: protect to certain level. if it reaches that certain level with flooding you are in trouble. explain that to us. >> if significant flooding and storm surges occur and effect lower manhattan, we will make a decision whether to shut down electricity. that would be south of the brooklyn bridge and broadway. that's to protect our equipment from further damage and,
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thereby, when the storm is over and the flooding flood water recedes, it's easier for us to make repairs and restorations. >> steve: this is a city of skyscrapers, manhattan is. i heard the mayor talk about having people turn off the elevators as the storm barrels through. is that the plan right now? >> that's not something that con ed disson would do. if individual buildings want to do that. >> steve: the mayor was thinking if somebody is in an elevator and you lose power you don't want to have to go rescue them he i understand you are not going to throw a switch and the elevators are going to stop that is the plan of the city isn't it. >> i believe so. we are preparing. this is not the case that we have any scheduled turnoffs at this time. we are preparing. it is a possibility. we have let customers in lower manhattan know that since they are in low lying areas there are
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is a possibility that we night shut them off. however, nothing is scheduled at this time. >> dave: elizabeth matthews from con edison with the power situation. let's get now to virginia beach where fox elizabeth prann has been surviving the storm. elizabeth, what's the sense of things? was it worse or just about as bad as expected there? >> well, i think people here in virginia beach are certainly breathing a sigh of relief. what we are seeing this morning is perhaps a good indicator of what you all will be seeing tomorrow morning and maybe as early as this evening. but we're still experiencing some wind gusts. i will say the tail end of hurricane irene is a lot nicer than the front end when we had those 80 mile-per-hour winds yesterday. but today what folks here are concerned about, especially the 4,000 that spent the night in shelters last night, is getting back to their homes and assessing the damage. we have seen superficial damage so far. things like the siding of walls
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coming off the hotel building like this one. downed power lines. another big concern here is flooding. our grounds aren't quite as saturated as you guys in the northeast. however, we did have about 6 to 8 inches of rain. and we did experience an 8-foot storm surge because the eye of irene came in right at high tied yesterday. and there were reportedly 24-foot waves here on the beach. so a big concern this morning is people getting out and about and heading on the roadway. maybe heading up on to the beach. so although the storm is over. people still need to be concerned and be safe. we saw emergency officials on their toes yesterday making sure that people weren't on the beach. we expect them today also to be on the roadways, making sure people do get back to their homes safely to assess the damage. back to you guys. >> steve: thank you very much elizabeth. let's get over to rick reichmuth. this has been very busy already in new york city. i think ban hour ago according to the national weather service they spotted what they thought was a tornado in the area. >> yeah.
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out across the nassau and queens line there has been threats of tornadoes, tornado warnings. doppler indicated tornadoes. we have seen tornadoes including with tornado damage. if we have some of that video coming out of north carolina we want to look at it. show you what tornado damage can do. not a big tornado like you see in many of the plain states. smaller tornadoes but smaller tornado that has, you know, winds of 110 miles per hour or so can cause a lot of damage and it's destroyed a number of structures in a number of different states. and we're not done with that yet. this is moorehead city very close to where the storm came on shore yesterday morning just to the west of it. and right around the center of it we had significant damage. believed from some tornadoes and across a number of states. so that threat now just is farther towards the knot. as we have the storm effecting parts of the northeast. center of the storm off the shore of the jersey coast continuing to pull off to the northeast. radar picture get a little bit of a better idea of it kind of right there at about atlantic city. but very heavy rain continuing to fall. we have already seen some cases
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around 5 to 8 inches across parts of northern new jersey and around new york city. higher amounts, obviously down towards north carolina in fact we have seen rainfall totals over 17 inches there. all of this rain spreading in across upstate new york. and now we have this tornado watch. it includes new york city, all of long island, and much of connecticut this morning. rain is going to continue for a number of hours making landfall of this. if you care about the landfall. we kind of do. that's where the pressure is lowest when it crosses land that will happen in about the next three or four hours. check this out. almost the entire state of new jersey having flash flood warnings going on right now. eastern parts of pennsylvania. a lot of delaware, actually all of delaware. and parts of maryland so that is from the rain that's fallen, causing flash flooding. that's what's so dangerous. not happening yet. across the mountains of northern among. that's on its way. in fact there we will see 10-inch to 12-inch rain totals berkshires and adirondacks. dealing with flooding up there as well.
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>> dave: the worst of it you are saying in the low are manhattan area in the next four hours. it looks like it's beginning to lose a little bit of its structure if it will. is that good news. >> you are good. yes it is yiewdzing some of its structure. that's what happens when it gets this far north and going over cooler watters. that's why prediction from 8 a mile-per-hour storm down to 70 mile-per-hour storm happens because you know it's going to go over that water and begin to lose structure as its up here. won't keep that same hurricane form. that's exactly what we're dealing with now. strong storm just because you see that that's part of what you expect to see. that is part of what is taken into account when you see the projections for winds to be lower. >> steve: it is still a hurricane though. category 1. 7 a miles per hour. he is at the irene center and we're going to be checking in with him all morning long. thanks, rick. we talked about pour outages to houses and homes. hurricane irene also knocking out nuclear pour plant in the state of maryland. a transformer at the calvert
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cliffs plant was apparently damaged by winds from the storm. a large piece of aluminum ripped from nearby building on to the transformer. authorities say this is not a serious emergency. and that the plant is stable. plant workers and people who live nearby are not at risk. that's going on out there at the calvert cliffs plant in maryland. >> juliet: i'm getting a lot of tweets today. everybody is asking about what's going on. people asked about the dams and nuclear plants. somebody from australia is watching hoping we are safe today. everybody is watching around the world. we will continue to give you all of the information not just going to be new york and new jersey centric as we sometimes can be. >> dave: we will focus on the entire region as this thing moves. let's bring in now the police chief of west hampton beach, new york, ray dean who has been helping people in that area evacuate. good morning to you, sir. tell us the latest on that evacuation. >> good morning. we evacuated yesterday morning at 10:00. we had a mandatory evacuation.
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and everything is working out pretty good. at the present we are experiencing some rather increases in wind gusts and rain. as a result, our core volume is going up exponentially. we have got some minor pour outages. we have trees down. we have lost some traffic lights. and we are keeping the fire department rather busy. we have had some minor flooding also. >> steve: chief, if people have not evacuated yet. from your location. it's too late, isn't it. >> it is too late. hunker down and ride it out. >> juliet: when you do have issues with flooding, for instance, or if there is an emergency, we are, as i keep saying, i'm checking my twitter page at juliet huddy and people are very concerned about emergency services coming to them. not specifically in west hampton beach but, you know a lot of folks in long island writing a lot of folks in new jersey
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writing. what is the status if somebody -- if there is an emergency, people do have cell phones but, again, at this point, if there were evacuation orders, then they probably should have gotten out of town. is that kind of the case there? >> we had mandatory evacuations but there were people who chose to, you know, stay, stay put and ride it out. we, if it gets bad, providing we can safely go down. we will evacuate them. but there will become a point in time when the storm does hit that i can not put my troops in harms way. they will have to just, you know, again, make themselves as safe as they canned just rides the storm out. >> steve: if something happens to one of the rescue workers, i would imagine that person who had to be rescued would be held accountable? >> yes. >> steve: i thought so. >> dave: chief ray dean from the new hampshire police department. let us know the latest updates as you hear them. be. >> be safe. >> steve: you as well.
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>> juliet: rick is covering what is happening there. >> good morning. rare look inside atlantic city casino. the lights are on, the music is playing, but the slot machines are dark. the blackjack tables, crap tables all shut down. there is no gaming here until this storm passes. 11 atlantic city casinos all dark. all losing millions of dollars because of this mandatory evacuation of the city. according to officials, more than 90% of the residents did heed those warnings and did leave as did all of the hotel guests there are 20,000 hotel rooms in new york city. all of them empty tonight and sunday because of this storm. and the storm itself did bring heavy wind, a lot of rain, some coastal flooding. there was some storm surge up on the beach and on some of these streets. but for the most part, it wasn't as bad as i think a lot of people thought it would be. at this hour we do have rain
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falling in a wind, it's not a significant wind blowing but just take a look at pacific avenue here. this is the heart of atlantic city on a sunday morning on the last weekend in august when you would expect bumper to bumper traffic. certainly a lot of vehicle traffic out here. a big weekend for atlantic city. one of the busiest of the year. and, instead, it's a ghost town. so, tough times for the casino owners and operators, all business owners here losing a lot of money this weekend. but at least so far no reports of injuries or deaths here in atlantic city itself. steve, juliet, dave, back to you. >> steve: all right. rick leventhal. and of course we are in times square right now and broadway was shut down last night and will be shut down again today. >> juliet: it is so strange walking from the hotel. >> steve: like a ghost town. >> juliet: running from the hotel actually. like a ghost town. you are looking around going whoa, whoa. >> steve: so quiet. all you hear is the rain and the
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wind. >> dave: the city that never sleeps slept last night. that was good news. people seemed to listen to the warnings. >> steve: they were warned because something is coming and her name is eye mean reason, making a mess for travelers here in new york and across the country as well. new york city's subways and trains all turned off yesterday at noon. there is no way in or out of the city via mass transit. not just mta but also the path train. >> juliet: wow. >> dave: someone who uses that place every day you have never seen grand central station like this. >> steve: the janitor is there. >> dave: almost like something out of a movie. hardly a soul to be seen in the entire grand terminal. this is unbelievable to me. the storm also causing massive flight delays. all across the country. thousands of flights, more than 10,000 cancelled from new york and boston all the way to california. cancelled over the weekend. >> juliet: millions of people are expected to be stranded over the next few days though.
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airlines are already canceling flights for next week. if you had plans, you definitely needed to check with your carrier. i know we keep saying whoa, i can't believe it's a ghost town or grand central. if you have lived or been in new york city you know this place is teaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. it is so bizarre. >> steve: i think people actually listened to the mayor. the mayor made it very clear get out. >> juliet: at love preparation and a lot of warning. >> dave: you use the word bizarre. you want bizarre. we have that for you. check this out. this is times square. we have shown you dead at some point. at one point there was street hockey going on. >> steve: last night. >> dave: right smack in the middle of times square. >> juliet: street hockey. what a dream. dave terrify we're not sure who these guys are. obviously local hockey players. some wearing jerseys, some shirtless. >> steve: there are a lot of teams in town for some reason. whole bunch of people in town
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for the u.s. open which has been postponed. jiewltd juliet oh boy. >> steve: apparently last night at about 8:00 a tornado dropped down in delaware and i think 18 homes were damaged. luckily no reports of any injuries. but as you can see somebody right there needs a big blue tarp because their roof is missing. >> juliet: beautiful area down there. that's where you take the ferry. go down and dewey beach and ocean city where we have had reports. this is a shot -- this is atlantic city obviously from michelle martinez sent that in. >> steve: like a cliff. look at that. >> fairmont avenue in atlantic city as well. hard to see some of these pictures i know but it looks like it's under water. i initially thought that was cobble stone but that is water. >> rick: some say this is great video coming in from a reporter that was actually covered in sea foam and sewage. that's in ocean city, maryland. we haven't heard of a whole lot
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of damage there. that's the good news. >> juliet: turn your face away, sir. >> steve: that is the channel a reporter from wttg his name is tucker barnes. >> juliet: we it tucker barnes on yesterday. >> steve: after that live report he went and got hosed down. dave pave we will have to get tucker back on the phone this morning. >> juliet: hopefully tucker has the day off after that. >> juliet: the science of new york city's sky scrapers. this is interesting how the hurricane winds are far different on the ground level than they are 40 stories up. we will talk about what could happen potentially during these type of winds. coverage of irene continues after the break. hey can i play with the toys ? sure, but let get a little information first. for toys, say two. toys ! the system can't process your response at this time.
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>> dave: welcome back to special coverage of hurricane irene. we are on through 9:00 a.m. this morning. we want to get right to our chief meteorologist who has been watching this thing as it tracked up from first making land down there in north carolina. if you would, rick, throughout, give us a little sense of where it's headed. we talk a lot about new york and lower manhattan. but this thing is serious for boston, for connecticut and parts beyond. >> yeah, it is. boston, a lot of -- get re,
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very, very heavy rain and wind. the rain just to the west of boston. starting around the worcester hills and around the berkshires and same connecticut. very heavy rain. the eastern side of it will have heavy winds. boston strong winds as well. i'm glad you say that because all the storm surge it's not just one little spot. the heaviest of it is in one spot closest to the storm. a lot of water has been pushed to the north as well as up in towards places like buzzards bay. they are getting big flooding from this as well. the rain though, you can take a look at this model. a lot of rain has fallen already. this is additional rainfall. a lot of places another four in some cases 12 inches. you don't see that as much over on the boston side of that it's off towards the western side. so that's where we are going to see the heaviest of the rain. do we have that animation? i want to show why we have been talking about new york city so much for this when you talk about the threat to such a big city. big evacuations happen and they never happen zone a evacuations they call them and that's the lowest lying areas in and around
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new york city as well as the five different boros. anywhere you see that darker copper color that's the zone a evacuation. that includes all of battery park city. right there is the ground zero new development that's going on. and all of these areas have had to have mandatory evacuation. this is the hudson river. if you come back down towards the very end of the island, that's the east river and brooklyn on the other side. also dealing with these evacuations. and the big threat is the bigger storm surge. if it comes up these rivers, it pushes a higher storm surge. storm surges don't happen just along the coast. this is the water to the ocean. so the storm surge comes right up into these spots, too. that's why the big concern for such a large populated area. and evacuations effecting so many people who live here in the city. many of your evacuations without any subways or people to get anywhere. >> juliet: rick reichmuth, i have a question for you tweet from somebody named saddle river, new jersey.
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>> they were commenting on my comment on new jersey or new york century you have to be this is where it is hitting. saddle river know it's going up north and everybody there is trying to prepare as well. they also want to know what's happening with new jersey. you can give us a little idea about what's going on there? >> yeah. part of the problem we don't say new jersey but for a lot of people who live in new york it's right across the river, new jersey, new york, same thing unless you are talking about lower new jersey where they are right now taking the direct hit from the storm right around the atlantic city getting very close to the center of it. they have had the tornadoes. they have had around 4 to 8-foot of storm surge right there. they will continue to get that as you move up the jersey shore. sandy hook going to get hit. heavier rain across the higher elevations a as you go inland. people don't realize there are mountains across new jersey, water gap. and so that area is going to get very heavy rain. that area floods very easily. we had a lot of rain a couple weeks ago. big impacts from flooding. new york city centric right now,
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it's kind of because it's come to new york city. yesterday it was north carolina centric because we were talking about north carolina where it was then. but now population zone in this tri-state area. >> steve: we are a news channel. we are covering the news. this impacts 6 a million americans. that's why we are doing this wall-to-wall. thank you very much for all those interesting maps. rick. >> dave: new york city as you know not quite used to taking a direct hit from a hurricane. winds on ground floor are far different than those winds say 30, 40 stories up. >> steve: so what happens during a hurricane like that? joining us right now to talk about the science of skyscrapers is a new york city architect by the name of levy kiehl. i have heard that over the last couple of days where, you know, down at ground level it might be a category 1. up at, you know, 40, 50 stories up it might be a category 2. is that oversimplifying it? >> i think it's true at higher
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elevations obviously the wind is going to be swirling more and you are going to have higher winds. and the winds are going to continue to change directions at any given time given, depending on what the wind is bouncing off and a city like manhattan, you are going to have a lot of swirling winds. more at the higher elevations than at the lower elevations. >> juliet: i remember when i first moved to new york city. battery park 35th floor and the winds would howl down there when it was a semi windy day. there are a lot of folks obviously living in these high rises who are watching this and very concerned. what should they do? should they go and knock on somebody's cure on the fifth floor? what do they need to do? what would you suggest? >> i think they -- you know, as far as the buildings are concerned. the buildings should be fairly secure. urban area in new york city where the codes are very stringent. the buildings are built very well. all the components of the building like the windows, for instance, have been tested for
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hurricane force winds and then probably built why very good contractors which we have in new york city and other urban areas. so the building itself should be secure. i think what would all need to be aware of and careful about are things that may be projectiles that are thrown by the wind that are loose materials i think almost all of us heard in the last couple of days the mayor and the building commissioner have been making sure that buildings have been secured and construction sites have been secured. and all of the material has been tied down so that we should minimize the amount of projectiles that are moved by the wind. so i think we have prepared very well for this storm other the last couple of days. but, you know, anything can happen. in gale force winds and hurricane winds. so we need to be careful, keep our eyes open.
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and certainly, you know, be smart about what we do during this kind of weather. >> dave: when people think about the word canyon out west. they think of the grand canyon. here in new york do the skyscrapers form their own canyons and wind tunnels? if you can talk about what's generated between those massive skyscrapers. >> well, i think as we know, when air or wind is forced through a small gaps, the force of that wind gets higher. the very velocity gets higher. that's what happens when air and wind strong winds are forced through these canyons that are in new york. and you can't predict the direction of those winds. that's why. >> steve: make their own wind. levy, let me ask you this, and we are looking predominantly at newer buildings here in new
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york. obviously the older ones -- there is some 200-year-old buildings in new york city. and they are going to have trouble withstanding 75 mile-per-hour wind gust. wouldn't they? >> yes. they would. the older buildings are more vulnerable, of course. but the city -- the department of buildings always forces owners to upgrade buildings so, you know, things are not left in most cases are not left in dilapidated condition. you know, we have a good building department. good building commissioner and very stringent code that is constantly updated for various conditions. so, i think we should feel pretty good about the structures in new york city. now, there are always going to be lapses. so we need to be careful about those. but i don't think -- go ahead. >> juliet: i know you are a new york city architect. obviously we have a lot of people who live in new jersey
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and on long island and connecticut watching this. steve brought it up the old buildings. i live in a 6 story old brick building that's been refurbished. on top of a hill. is that the type of thing that you should be concerned about? >> yeah. i think older buildings are more vulnerable. but, again, most building owners and most municipalities where there are building codes and every place has a building code, there are -- the owners have to be responsible and upgrade and are in repair. again, in most urban and suburban areas. the building codes are certainly up to date and the building departments of the local municipalities keep an eye on the condition of the building. >> steve: we're going to put things to the test today as irene comes to new york city later on this morning. leevi kiil thank you very much for joining us live. >> you are welcome.
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thank you. >> dave: let's get to the ground floor here in manhattan. julie banderas outside on sixth avenue. needless to say the camera is fogged up a little bit as you might imagine. are you seeing conditions worsen at this point? >> yeah, actually the rain is definitely coming in strong you are but in lawless. we get the strong rained and right now we this sort of light rain and same thing happens with the winds. obviously the closer the hurricane gets to us if it's in more and more as the hours progress. 10:00 a.m. is when it is expected to make landfall. 8:00 a.m. is when it is high tied. that is something that officials are watching very, very closely. mayor bloomberg is actually going to be holding a news conference as he has been throughout this whole ordeal later in the afternoon. 8:00 in the morning is our high tide here. two hours later is when the hurricane hits meaning it will still be at very high levels. obviously the tides are actually abnormally high because of the new moon. add 8 feet of a storm surge to that and you could deal with
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pretty heavy flooding in manhattan, lower lying areas. many evacuations in effect right now. zone a which is all of battery park. battery park city has been evacuated. 370,000 people. they were told to get out friday. so the new york city area obviously being warned well in advance for all of this. obviously you know that the subway systems. metro new york railroad. new jersey transit. the buses. they are all gone. there is no way to get around the city except for by your feet, car or taxy. which, by the way, there are taxis out there informs those of new the city trying to get around. that's about the only way you are going to do so. i want to actually show you because i'm surprise sod see traffic out here. it is the city that never sleeps but right now that's the "new york post" truck of course they never stop because we have got to get our papers. moments ago i actually did see many cars coming up the street and taxis, believe it or not, so they are still running. obviously they are making more money on this because if he they are going to pick up people rather than paying that $2.50
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fare you get when you get in your cab you will be paying $10 for every zone you go through for every person. price gouging something people are being warned about here. as for closures right now. bridges are still open. people would feel trapped if the bridges and tunnels all closed and we would be stuck in or stuck out. george washington bridge the lower level is closed right now. all the bridges are open and he they will be open until winds get up to 60 miles per hour. we are not be seeing that any time in the near future. if you are noticing actually our camera looks a bit foggy. it's the moisture that enters his lens has unfortunately made that a bit foggy. we have to clear that up for you. as for the storm surge that i was talking about, power outage could effect right now 40,000 people are without power in the new york city area. not including manhattan. if that storm surge gets up to 8 feet then the con edison people will go ahead and shut down power for 17,000 people.
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that's because all of the city's cables and electricity are stored in these vaults underground. vaults actually in downtown manhattan. so if they do shut down power, it won't be restored for the next three days. so, if you don't have flashlights, extra batteries at this point it's a bit late. but there are probably a couple stores that are still open right now. i would definitely recommend everybody get out and do that. it is a strong chance that they may have to shut off power unlike many people who live in the outer suburbs where power outtages are normally affected by downed trees and downed power lines. we have a much different story here. that's why the storm surge is extremely important. we are keeping a very close eye on that right now. back to you guys. >> good point, julie. >> steve: other reason the camera is all foggy like that we have tropical air here. the humidity is at 96%. >> dave: 96%? >> steve: according to
2:42 am also a she just mentioned now would be a good time to go out and buy a flashlight, they are gone. they have been gone for a couple days. ways at home depot in patterson, new jersey yesterday. they had a sign up that said we are sold out. he came in with a box and said just came off the truck. he didn't even get to the aisle to put it down. >> juliet: typically in new york city they always seem to be able to come up with stuff like that when you need it. >> steve: flashlight? >> dave: just in case we lose power. >> juliet: doocy saves the day. >> dave: people's faith when facing natural disaster of utmost importance. many people want to get to church. the archbishop timothy doll land is letting people off the hook today saying do you actually have a very valid excuse to miss church on this day and he says, quote. do not take any chances with your safety and health if things get dangerous. >> juliet: earlier today, there was some talk about maybe some
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churches being open. no, no, no, no, no. the churches that are open are open typically because they are shelters for folks who live in that area. don't go out. just don't go to church timothy doll license and listen -- dolland. i don't remember -- he says you can pray at home and a lot of people are. >> dave: that's good advice. always seeing this weekend a very bizarre rise in births. it turns out i brought this point up yesterday and received a little bit of ridicule. but there is some science to this. when the barometric pressurizes during hurricanes. >> steve: it goes real low. >> dave: actually increases the birth. increases the likelihood of women's water breaking. there is science behind it. i was mocked. >> juliet: i apologize officially. >> dave: one woman gave birth during irene wilmington, north carolina. i have read many reports of moms
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naming their child the middle name irene. no joke. something happening. >> steve: congratulations to the new family. meanwhile, straight ahead on this special edition of "fox & friends" up early on the sunday. we will take you directly inside the with hurricane hunters. live coverage of irene which could be somebody's new middle name continues in just minutes. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function
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>> juliet: welcome back, everybody. we want to take you directly inside the beast otherwise known as hurricane irene inside a category 1 hurricane and the people who do it the nooa hurricane hunters. these people, i don't understand them. >> they fly into the storm. >> steve: thank goodness for them. >> steve: phil keating with them. watch this. >> when it comes to hurricane hunting there is definitely a thrill factor involved. you are in commercial plane and have to go from point a to point b. there is no way that plane is flying through a storm like this. they are flying all around it not true for hurricane hunters in tampa. they are basically flying a butterfly route two times a day. 4:00 p.m. going in and out of the eye three times recording all of that data. the planes they use are p 3 orion turbo props. there are three of them out at the air force base. about 12 scientifically minded people are on there. they are v. their green
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scientific screens. meteorological readings. physics, science. one of the more interesting things they do up there is take a six inch cylinder full of data receptors. they drop it into a tube. it cruises out the wick and drops and parachutes out into the hurricane. that tropical cyclone swirls and swirls and swirls it around and plummets down to the ocean or land. sends all of that incredibly critical data back to no:a back to the hurricane center on the ground and uses that data to measure humidity. hurricane strengthening as it is weakening. they related that to all of the local state and federal emergency management centers up and down the east coast or the country or the gulf of mexico depending on the hurricane or the year would talking about. of course the people on board say it's absolutely critical to always remember on this plane to buckle your seat belt. >> this is a -- the pressure under this plane -- these are
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the winds you can see how they are dropping off. dropping off very quickly. that's very normal in a hurricane situation when you make an eye peb tration. see the winds going up and up and they quickly drop off as you punch into the eye wall or through the eye wall. >> hurricane hunter program in the bit of a perfect storm of its own house appropriations bill calling for budget next year to be slashed. hope hurricane irene is a wakeup call that this program is vitally important for the lives and the advice and knowledge of millions of americans every time there is a hurricane and, of course, this one right now severely impacting that nation's capital. back to you. >> all right. phil keating. thank you, phil. >> crazy stuff. coming up. if you are worried about your elderly parents in this terrible weather. do you have an elderly neighbor? up next, we will talk to a woman who makes it her job to keep our seniors safe. we know many have stayed behind
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>> a big during the storm. the elderly our next guests, taking them from nursing homes. the administrator of the workman circle multi-care center in the bronx, new york. >> one thing about a hurricane, you know a couple of days ahead of time it's headed your way and when the mayor said that people in zone a in low lying areas had to evacuate, including nursing hopes, hospitals, stuff like that, suddenly you get a call because you're on higher ground, right? >> absolutely. >> tell us who have they evacuated to your facility? >> when the announcement was originally made about zone a that was stressful for those people in those areas, but later in the day, there were other nursing homes affected and throughout the day we received calls and everyone w
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was-- as the day went on it became more frantic and people in zone b. some folks who evacuated from zone a to zone b were forced to evacuate those areas as well. and they were dealing with a lot of stress, because they were asking them to receive their residents and some were not able to get transportation, some could not get the supplies moved to us, and some had usuals regarding staffing. and how were they going to get that-- >> you were up against the clock and looks as if irene is going to impact the new york city area in a couple of hours and 41 new residents there and cara levine, thank you for joining us from the bronx. >> thank you. >> thousands of people stranded at airports across the eastern seaboard. and it could be days, maybe even weeks before flights get back on track. the very latest, the top of the hour. plus, share your pictures of
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